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1998 Honda prelude power steering problem I think, when I start the car there is this winding sound or even when I turn the wheel the guy I bought the car from said that it was a brand new pump and the sound will fade,it's been 5 months now and it hasn't gotten softer if anything it's louder.there's fluid and sometimes it's kinda hard to turn,what's the problem? Do I need to replace the pump?

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    My last response I got basically didn't say much I knew all that,

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Hi!!

Make sure the the V-belt is not top tight or too loose. Press the V-belt between the crankshaft pulley and the A/C compressor, with your index finger,using moderate pressre it should not deflect more than 1/2", if loose, thighten, if it does not deflect at all, loose it up until you get the 1/2" defleccion. If belt is OK, Replace Power Steering Pump.

The PS pump or the belt, when installed correctly, do not make any weird noises..

Don't Forget to rate this post!! Good Luck!!

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A power steering system is designed to utilize power from the engine to assist in the force needed to steer the vehicle. When the engine is running, a multi ribbed belt is used to transfer engine power to a hydraulic fluid pump. This pump pressurizes fluid and then transfers this fluid using power steering hoses that are connected to a power steering box or rack and pinion depending on how the car is designed. When the power steering system has malfunctioned the vehicle will be very difficult to steer. It is advised not to move a vehicle with the power steering system not operating. Any steering component malfunction can cause the vehicle to be uncontrollable. When a malfunction occurs basic troubleshooting is required, we have listed some of the most common problems below:
A. Check Power Steering System Fluid Level. The power steering system utilizes hydraulic fluid to transfer force from the power steering pump, the rack and pinion or steering box, without fluid the system cannot function. Check the power steering fluid level by locating the power steering fluid reservoir and remove the cap (twist counter clockwise). Most systems have a fluid level dip stick mounted inside the cap. If the fluid level is down or there is no fluid in the reservoir the system has a leak. Inspect the entire power steering system: pump, hoses and rack and pinion or box assembly, replace worn or broken components as needed. Refill system with manufacturers recommended fluids then start engine (hands away from engine) and turn steering wheel from lock to lock several times. Shut the engine off and recheck fluid level, allow system to stand for a period of time to allow air in the fluid (aeration) to dissipate. Check fluid level and fill as needed.
Check The Drive Belt. The power steering pump is driven either by a multi rib belt or a "V" belt which is used to transfer energy from the engine to the hydraulic steering pump. If the belt is in poor condition or has failed completely it will render the system non-operational.
If both checked ok then its power steering pump faulty
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Posted on Jul 19, 2010

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    raj somaiya Jul 20, 2010

    most probably its the faulty pump.But still get it checked.Thanks for keeping updated with your query.

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